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Old 01-24-2006, 10:16 AM   #1
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BMW NIGHT VISION AVAILABLE IN THE 5 AND 6 SERIES AS OF MARCH



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BMW Night Vision Becomes Available in the U.S.

Munich. BMW Night Vision, the innovative driver assistance system, will be available from March 2006 in the 5 Series Sedan, 5 Series Sports Wagon as well as the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible.

Infra-red technology incorporating a thermal imaging camera for extra safety in the dark. Driver support and active partner protection in one.
BMW Night Vision provides a new dimension of optical perception when driving at night. A thermal imaging camera detects human beings, animals and objects in front of the car before they become visible to the human eye in the headlights. The image generated by the system is transmitted to the central Control Display within the car presenting objects detected with increasing brightness as a function of the heat detected by the camera and therefore making human beings and animals particularly conspicuous.

The thermal imaging camera covers a range of up to 300 meters or almost 1,000 feet ahead of the car. BMW Night Vision offers the customer particular benefits when driving over land, down narrow lanes, through gateways leading into courtyards, and into dark underground garages, significantly enhancing driving safety at night.

BMW opts for Far Infra-Red technology (FIR). Thermal imaging camera for enhanced detection of human beings and animals.

Conducting comparative studies and carefully observing independent scientific examinations, BMW's engineers have opted in favor of innovative far infra-red technology (FIR), most efficient in detecting people, animals and objects at night. FIR offers the following benefits:

* Reduction to the essential:
Far infra-red technology uses a thermal imaging camera highlighting in particular persons, animals and objects irradiating higher temperatures. FIR intentionally does not present a detailed image of the respective traffic situation, which would only delay the recognition of a human being within the overall image. In other words, insignificant details are cancelled out and do not distract the driver.

* FIR enables the driver "to look further":
Covering a range of approximately 300 meters or almost 1,000 feet, FIR "looks" about twice as far as other systems. Hence, the driver is informed earlier on possible hazards indeed, up to 5 seconds earlier at a speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).

* FIR cannot be "dazzled":
FIR cannot be dazzled by the headlights of oncoming traffic, by traffic lights, road lights and highly reflective surfaces such as traffic signs. And vehicles with FIR technology do not dazzle each other.

Over and above the advantages offered by the FIR principle from the start, BMW has enhanced this technology by adding further functions: The image presented follows the road in a panning process and distant objects can be shown larger as a function of speed (zooming).

Convenient use of BMW Night Vision like looking in the interior mirror.
BMW Night Vision presents a high-contrast black-and-white night image to the driver on the Control Display in the middle of the instrument panel. Benefiting from FIR technology, the driver only has to briefly check out the Display in order to recognize a hazard. So using BMW Night Vision is comparable to looking into the interior mirror in the car.

Examining the new system, BMW also considered the option to present the image in the driver's primary field of vision, for example in the Head-Up Display or in the instrument cluster, but this option was rejected for ergonomic reasons. Tests have shown that the combination of real-life and virtual images irritates the driver and is not the best solution.
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Old 01-24-2006, 10:21 AM   #2
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Old 01-24-2006, 10:29 AM   #3
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Wow.. Caddillac has them beat by nearly 10 years.. and with a HUD as well, so you don't have to take your eyes off the road. While I'm sure it's more advanced.. I wonder how much better it really is when you have to focus on something a few feet in front of your face to see what's twenty feet in front of the car?
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Old 01-24-2006, 10:36 AM   #4
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I wonder how much better it really is when you have to focus on something a few feet in front of your face to see what's twenty feet in front of the car?
You could ask your co-driver to keep an eye on it.
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Old 01-24-2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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Video of BMW Night Vision in action...

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Old 01-24-2006, 11:41 AM   #6
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Wow.. Caddillac has them beat by nearly 10 years.. and with a HUD as well, so you don't have to take your eyes off the road. While I'm sure it's more advanced.. I wonder how much better it really is when you have to focus on something a few feet in front of your face to see what's twenty feet in front of the car?
I agree. The whole HUD thing always seemed to be a gimmick to me until I actually tried it. Ofcourse I think Caddy discontinued the NightVision thing a few years ago from lack of interest.
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Old 01-24-2006, 11:53 AM   #7
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I think a vehicle with HID's will not need Night Vision mechanisms.... and if someone does need both, then they shouldn't be driving at all!!!

Even so, if that pic shows realistic images, then objects are closer then they appear...
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Old 01-24-2006, 12:05 PM   #8
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But how are you supposed to be on your cell phone making stock trades and scheduling the pool boy, tennis pro, and mistress, AND watch this night vision thing to avoid some kid on his bike all at the same time?!?!!

IMO- they need to incorporate this thing into the windshield, otherwise, reaction time and usefullness go out the window.

And I think the other main argument with the caddy was that it just wasn't that effective either- first gen, so to speak.
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Old 01-24-2006, 12:09 PM   #9
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So... How well does this work in fog and heavy snow. THAT's when it would really be handy: When your lights only make vision worse...
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Old 01-24-2006, 01:59 PM   #10
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But how are you supposed to be on your cell phone making stock trades and scheduling the pool boy, tennis pro, and mistress, AND watch this night vision thing to avoid some kid on his bike all at the same time?!?!!.

That's where the next-generation of iDrive comes into play.... cuz the computer literally says "I will Drive, and you go back to getting roadhead from your mistress"
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Hmmm just a waist of money if you ask me and its going to cause alot of problems for BMW.
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Old 01-25-2006, 07:33 PM   #12
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That's where the next-generation of iDrive comes into play.... cuz the computer literally says "I will Drive, and you go back to getting roadhead from your mistress"
Funniest thing I've read today!
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Old 01-25-2006, 11:01 PM   #13
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I for one think BMW didnt think of vandalizim..
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:51 AM   #14
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What do street signs look like on that thing, I wonder? Is it just heat sensitive or do signs look like nuclear explosions at night?
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:35 PM   #15
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What do street signs look like on that thing, I wonder? Is it just heat sensitive or do signs look like nuclear explosions at night?

LOL I love this site!

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Those guys on the bikes will be dead soon, that guy is going 50 and he's right on their asses.
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:50 PM   #17
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:52 PM   #18
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This is obviously not for the drivers safety but the people outside the car. And since its in a BMW it must be because to many BMW owners called up complaining that they were doing 50 down a residential road at night and couldn't see the pedestrians so they lost their house and car when they got sued.
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:03 PM   #19
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Yeah and that BMW must be SRT-4 powered because it can go up to 240!!!!!!!

Maybe Chuck Norris is driving?
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:31 AM   #20
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I think that is 240 kph not mph...

so...50 kph is roughly about 31 mph
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